Whitaker Visits Auburn, Explores Options

Defensive tackle prospect Jeffrey Whitaker discusses his visit to Auburn.

Warner Robins, Ga.—Scout.com three-star defensive tackle prospect Jeffrey Whitaker of Warner Robins School took an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers who had their first major scrimmage of spring training.

"The visit went great," Whitaker says. "It was my first time in Alabama. I'm a Georgia boy. I saw a lot of good stuff and it was great. It surprised me a lot. It's country, in the middle of nowhere, but that's a good thing."

Whitaker, 6-4, 313 pounds, wants to play on the defensive side of the football in college. Following Auburn's scrimmage, Whitaker spent time with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and head coach Gene Chizik.

"I met with everybody and spent a lot of time with Coach Rocker," Whitaker says. "That was good. I met the head man and that was good.

"We talked about recruiting and just life itself basically," Whitaker adds of his time with Rocker. "He's not going to pressure me or anything like that. He's about the same as me--humble and laid back. He's going to tell you straight up.

"(Chizik) is about in the same boat as Coach Rocker," he continues. "They talked about the same thing so that's looking pretty good."

Whitaker has a scholarship offer from Auburn and just about every other college in the Southeast. For now he says that his recruitment is wide open.

"Auburn is on the map," he notes. "I don't have a top five or top 10 kind of thing. They're on the map though. I have a scholarship offer from Auburn, Bama, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, USC. There are a couple out there.

"It's wide open," Whitaker adds. "I'm exploring. I'm trying to be the Marco Polo right now and explore a little bit.

"If you give me a fair chance and an opportunity, I'll make that decision. Once I sign, I'm here. It's a done deal when I sign. There aren't any regrets so that's why I'm going to take time to do it."

Whitaker, who plans on majoring in business management, also checked out the academic center on his visit to Auburn. Whitaker, who was more of an NFL and NBA fan growing up than a college football fan, has been to several campuses this spring and is planning on going to several more.

"I've been to Georgia and Clemson--Clemson twice and Georgia a few times, and North Carolina," he says. "But like I said, I want to be the Marco Polo and go everywhere."

Whitaker adds that he is unsure if he will participate in any summer camps, but he does plan on going back to Auburn in the fall for a game.

"I don't know about summer camps, but I know probably on game day," he explains. "I've got to get back to training. I'm 313 now and I'm trying to get down to about 295."

Playing at his defensive tackle position as a junior, Whitaker says, "I probably had 40 tackles, 15 or 18 for a loss."


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